3D-Printed Shelby GT500 Brake Parts Made at $45M Advanced Manufacturing Center
Much to the delight of performance enthusiasts everywhere, Ford has confirmed that the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be making its debut in just a few weeks’ time at the Detroit Auto Show. Prior to its momentous arrival, it’s been revealed that the Shelby GT500 will sport 3D-printed brake parts compliments of Ford’s $45 Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Redford, Michigan.
The upcoming Mustang Shelby GT500 will feature two brake parts made by a 3D printer at the Advanced Manufacturing Facility. Ford has been steadily proliferating its use of 3D printing as the technology has become more affordable and readily available; it currently uses 3D-printed parts in its China-spec F-150 Raptor, and five 3D-printed tools are being used at Michigan Assembly Plant to aid in the production of the all-new Ford Ranger.
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Ford is one of the earliest adopters of 3D-printing technology, buying the third 3D printer ever built in 1988. Today, the automaker owns 90 3D printers and says that it intends to use more 3D-printed parts and tools as the technology continues to evolve in quality and decrease in cost at scale.
“More than 100 years ago, Ford created the moving assembly line, forever changing how vehicles would be mass-produced,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of Global Operations. “Today, we are reinventing tomorrow’s assembly line — tapping technologies once only dreamed of on the big screen — to increase our manufacturing efficiency and quality.”
The Advanced Manufacturing Center houses 23 of Ford’s 3D printers, and its employees are working with 10 3D manufacturing companies to explore the application of materials ranging from sand to carbon. Ford teases that it is developing an application of 3D printing that could save the company more than $2 million.
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